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The Victorian Eighteenth CenturyAn Intellectual History$
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B.W. Young

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256228

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256228.001.0001

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Hanoverian Hauntings

Hanoverian Hauntings

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The Victorian Eighteenth Century

B. W. Young

Oxford University Press

This chapter strengthens the important claim made by the literary critic Terry Castle, who has argued for the need for modern scholars properly to appreciate a vitally important ‘spectral’ dimension in what she describes as Leslie Stephen's otherwise all too rational 18th century. Even though she respects the impetus behind W. E. H. Lecky's progressively rationalizing thesis in his History of the Rise and Progress of Rationalism in Europe (1865), she has offered her own richly suggestive series of discrete genealogies that account for the survival of the uncanny into the 19th century and rightly make much of its continuing power. This chapter, therefore, takes the form of an archaeology of the haunting sense of the 18th-century past in the 19th-century present. Haunting is both a reality and a metaphor in Vernon Lee, and the 18th century was an important factor in this experience of haunting, as it was also to prove to be for M. R. James.

Keywords:   Vernon Lee, M. R. James, haunting, 18th century, Terry Castle

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